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Content Manager at Ingenex Digital Marketing

These ideas are fantastic

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These ideas are fantastic goals to prevent summer learning loss! Thanks for providing them. To get tangible ideas on ways to accomplish these goals, check out the ThinkStretch blog. It's filled with activities and games to encourage creative writing, improve reading skills, develop math skills and find science in the world around us. If you're looking for ideas, you can find it here: http://bit.ly/1btEZjp. Enjoy!

[FULL DISCLOSURE: I don't work for ThinkStretch, but I do help with their digital.]

Kindergarten Teacher in St. Louis, MO

Barbara Dianis mentions in

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Barbara Dianis mentions in her blog post, "A nonacademic summer can cause students at every grade level to digress two to three months in their academic skills." I found on rif.org’s article Primer on Summer Learning Loss, “All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer.” (White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004). It amazes how much students can regress over the summer and especially how quickly! I've learned from being a teacher that it is true that student's do in fact have a summer learning loss if their parents don't help and support them over the summer. I've seen many times that where students come in far behind from where they've left off in their previous grade level. Summer is such an important time, not only to have fun, but also to continue to learn and sharpen those skills that have been previously taught in school. Many teachers are probably wondering what can we do to combat this summer learning loss? What can we do to help not only all children, but especially how can we help the low-income children experience less summer learning losses than their higher-income peers? We need to educate our parents at the end of each school year how imperative it is that they continue educating them over the summer. They can go to their local library to check out books, we can give our parents a list of safe educational Internet sites that the students can use, we can provide iPad/iPhone educational apps that are useful, we can give a list of tutors in the area to help fill in the gaps or give enrichment activities to the children. I also think it's important for parents to understand that even reading every day for 30 minutes and practicing math facts will driving to their summer vacation will be important to prevent the learning loss. To help prevent summer learning loss for our students and children, what about proposing the idea to our schools of possibly year round schooling, a modified calendar, or an extended school year?

Below are some more links to help provide information on what we can do to prevent this summer learning loss.

http://www.rif.org/us/literacy-resources/articles/primer-on-summer-readi...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/summer-learning-loss-study_n_33...

http://www.today.com/id/8146912/ns/today-parenting_and_family/t/stanch-y...

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It was very useful, thank you

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It was very useful, thank you Barabara.
I'd like to add to your list some information which I found useful too:
Here are some tips form Lorraine Allman "Some of the ideas I suggested with a technology focus included using technology to get the kids outdoors with activities such as Geocaching, using 'Ingress' (the new release from Google), or for younger children mission:explore. All these require children to use skills such as communication, team working, and decision making." To read more click here http://quib.ly/qu/what-is-the-way-to-prevent-summer-learning-loss

Parent Educator for Union School District

I was truly inspired while

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I was truly inspired while reading this. I don't think parents truly understand how much information their children lose over the summer. I really enjoyed reading this and the seven ideas you have shared. I had just read an article that was written by Valerie Strauss called "How to Prevent Summer Reading Loss" (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/how-to-prevent-sum...) and I was blown away at some of the information. This will definitely be a blog I will want to share with my parents. Do you think this could be something teachers could print out and share with their parents at the end of the year along with some other ideas on how they could work with each student?

Social Media Intern at Edutopia

These are great ideas! Get

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These are great ideas! Get more ideas, games, and crafts on the Edutopia summer learning pinboard: http://pinterest.com/edutopia/summer-learning/

Executive Director, Founder of Arts & Learning Conservatory

theory of learning by doing

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Know the theory of learning by doing. Arts and crafts offer children endless opportunities to learn by doing. And they are likely to remember what they learn! Brain researchers tell us that children retain more information when hands-on activities go along with that learning. Children learn:

10% of what they READ
20% of what they HEAR
30% of what they SEE
50% of what they HEAR and READ
70% of what they SAY and,
90% of what they DO!

Special Educator from Point Pleasant, West Virginia

This information was really

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This information was really helpful. I know as a teacher and a parent that my child needed to review over the summer, but not surely how to approach that task. This gives you great strategies and exercises to do just that. . I know too that he will be resistant to the idea, but once we get started he will enjoy, especially trips to the library, the time we will get to spend together. Being a coach sometimes gets in the way of what is really important. Family. Thanks I am really excited to get started working with my son over the summer.

Pre-K teacher

Thanks for posting that blog.

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I enjoyed reading the seven tips and they were very interesting. It is a shame how much knowledge children loss during the summer break. I wish parents would help their child/children on what they are stuggling in while they are out on their summer break. When some children come back to school it's like reteaching all over again and it is hard on the teacher. All parents need to read this blog.

Third grade teacher, Washington DC

I am appreciative of such a

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I am appreciative of such a blog. I found it to be very informative for teachers, parents and students. My colleagues, students and their parents will definitely appreciate having access to this blog as we often ponder how we can work together as partners to help students to retain all the knowledge they gained throughout the school year and not lose any of these skills during their "lazy or free time". I am happy that you addressed a number of subject based areas. Thank you for these brilliant ideas.

Working together to avoid academic loss

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This is such a wonderful list of ideas on how to help students avoid academic loss over the summer. Not only will I be recommending these ideas to my students' parents, I will share them with my colleagues so that they can also suggest them to their parents. Working together provides for even more opportunity to reach all learners and focusing on ways to incorporate academic activities throughout the summer will definitely play a hand at improving student learning the next school year.

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